SALVADOR JIMÉNEZ-FLORES

OUR AMERICA/WHOSE AMERICA?

2022 | Group Exhibition | Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams, MA

Our America/Whose America? Is a “call and response” exhibition between contemporary artists and historic ceramic objects. View the historic collection here.


A Hand Gesture to Systemic Racism: Al que le quede el saco que se lo ponga

2022
Earthenware, stoneware, black stain, underglaze, glaze, wood, steel, graphite, and latex paint
96 x 60 x 20″

“A Hand Gesture to Systemic Racism” is a representation of my personal frustrations with structural racism that Black, Indigenous, Immigrants, Refugees and People of Color experience on a daily basis in the United States of America. We experience these visible and invisible racisms in the workplace, schools, churches, government, universities, and in the public through microaggressions, xenophobia, discrimination, bullying, manipulation and more.


Águila atómica/Atomic Eagle

2017
terra-cotta, black stain and gold luster
10 x 21 x 3.5″


Dos cabezas ciberneticas/Two cyber heads

2021
terra-cotta, black stain, underglazes, and gold luster
12 x 22 x 4″


Un Réquiem/A Requiem

2017
terra-cotta, graphite, mirrors, wire, and white gold luster
9.5 x 18.5 x 2.5″


Salvador Jiménez-Flores is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Jalisco, México. He explores the politics of identity and the state of double consciousness. Jiménez-Flores addresses issues of colonization, migration, “the other,” and futurism by producing a mixture of socially conscious installation, public, and studio-based art. His work spans from community-based work, drawing, ceramics, prints, and mixed media sculpture.

 Jimenez-Flores is a member of The Color Network, an organization that promotes the advancement of people of color in the ceramic arts and assists artists develop, network, and create dialogue while maintaining a place for a database, resources, and mentorship. He is also a member of the Instituto Gráfico de Chicago, an organization inspired by the socio-political art of Mexico’s Taller de Gráfica Popular (The People’s Print Workshop) and uses art as a platform to inform and generate community discourse about urgent social issues.

Jiménez-Flores has presented his work at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and Museum of Art and Design amongst others. He served as Artist-In-Residence for the city of Boston, Harvard Ceramics Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University, and Kohler Arts Industry. Jiménez-Flores is a recipient of Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grants and The New England Foundation for the Arts, Threewalls’ RaD Lab+Outside the Walls Fellowship Grant, and he is a 2021 United States Artist Fellow. He is an Assistant Professor in ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Artist Studio Portrait with “A Hand Gesture to Systemic Racism”, 2022

ON A HAND GESTURE TO SYSTEMIC RACISM

My work titled “A Hand Gesture to Systemic Racism” is a representation of my personal frustrations with structural racism that Black, Indigenous, Immigrants, Refugees and People of Color experience on a daily basis in the United States of America. We experience these visible and invisible racisms in the workplace, schools, churches, government, universities, and in the public through microaggressions, xenophobia, discrimination, bullying, manipulation and more. For over seven years I have being part of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion taskforces for various organizations and universities and as much as I push for actionable and pragmatic items, nothing really happens, but the organizations pride on their DEI committees and initiatives.

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